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Columns

05/17/2014
We’re having some really crazy weather. A few nights ago it stormed for a couple of hours. When I say stormed, I mean for real. My niece from New Orleans, Jane Newman, came in just before it fell apart. In fact, we were warned to take cover as a...
05/16/2014
Question: How can I be sure my financial plans will result in the future I want? The world is so uncertain now. There are so many unknowns to consider. How can anyone really know what is going to happen? Answer: Welcome to reality. People that reach...
05/16/2014
Did you know that many people spend more time planning their vacation than planning for retirement? Although there are many ways to save for your retirement, if you’re like most people, you aren’t taking full advantage of them. For example, do you...
05/16/2014
Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools...
05/16/2014
I remember seven years ago contemplating what my future would hold. It hadn’t been very long since I made the ultimate decision to not attend The Citadel. For those of you not familiar with the school, it is a public military college located in...
05/16/2014
It’s almost time for NCLAC’s 27th Annual Peach Art Exhibit! Artists of all ages may enter their artwork into the show on June 19 at the Ruston Civic Center. Every year this is a fantastic showing of our region’s talent, including crafts,...
05/15/2014
I’m 28 years old. I’ll be 29 Sept. 4. Would you say I’m too young for Botox? Some might say no. It appears medical aesthetic procedures are becoming more and more of a trend for a younger generation — especially for those of the female persuasion....
05/14/2014
Ruston Parks and Recreation and Cell Phones For Soldiers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are asking the local community to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as...
05/14/2014
The march of the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee’s proposal for rezoning a sizeable chunk of southwest Ruston may be one of the most educational journeys upon which the city has embarked in a long time. The plan...
05/13/2014
Now that the air and soil temperatures have warmed, plants in the vegetable gardens are beginning to put on significant growth and will soon will be flowering and setting fruit. Towards the end of this month many vegetables will be ripe for the...
05/13/2014
The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 400 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents and volunteers as they learned “Don’t Be Chicken About Nutrition” at the 2014 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day held April 23, at the North Louisiana...
05/12/2014
As area schools begin wrapping up their academic year, the state Legislature is hard at work in Baton Rouge working out the finances for the upcoming school year. But the question remains, will there eventually be some good news in store for workers...
05/10/2014
It doesn’t get any better than this time of the year. Call it the “Perfect Storm,” where all of the major sports overlap to give a sports junkie the ultimate high. Like baseball? It’s in full swing now. Football? The NFL held its annual draft this...
05/10/2014
I would love to get to spend some time with Dick Jones’ uncle Evander Pritchart. You talk about a fellow who could turn an ordinary outdoor adventure into one that will stick with you for a lifetime, Uncle Evander could do it. So you’re scratching...
05/10/2014
At least once a week, I am asked by someone the following question: “What is your favorite sport?” It may be a longtime friend who knows me well, yet remains baffled about my infatuation with sports. Or it may be someone I just met and exchanged...
05/10/2014
Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools...
05/10/2014
Question: Has anyone ever tried to figure out how much you would have to pay someone to do all the work a mother does? Would it be different for working mothers and stay at home mothers?  Answer: “The phrase ‘working mother,’ author Jane Sellman...
05/10/2014
It’s easy to have confidence in investments made during bull markets: share prices climb and any losses from poor decisions are usually recovered quickly. But times of increasing market volatility tend to magnify mistakes, and many investors may...
05/10/2014
If we’re doing it right, throughout our lives we continue to learn, grow and improve. With that process, a lot can change in a short time. Five years ago, I couldn’t have told you what gluten was without looking it up on Google. Now, the definition...
05/10/2014
I don’t believe in our land that we have yet heard the end of this controversy, but for the moment, let us pray. I did not say “may” we pray.